A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at 5 oclock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.
More Quotes from Lin Yutang:If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.
This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.
Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
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I would love to do a big studio movie, just because they're going to put the money into distributing it. A lot of times you do these little movies, you love them and they never get seen by anyone.
By philosophy the mind of man comes to itself, and from henceforth rests on itself without foreign aid, and is completely master of itself, as the dancer of his feet, or the boxer of his hands.
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
I made a supreme effort not to do that thing that parents do, which is to bore people without children to death by going on and on about how funny their children are, so there's none of that hopefully.